Tag Archives: Denver Model Photography

Courtney: Modeling in Golden Colorado

I love getting to photograph model portfolios! Especially when the model is my cousin 🙂 It’s hard to imagine that my little cousin who was four foot something when Michelle and I got married is now almost as tall as me! Courtney has been interested in the whole fashion world for a few years now and has even done some designing too. She decided recently that she’d like to try to the whole modeling thing out and it was perfect for her to come to us to start a portfolio. We figured Golden was a good meeting place to get three different looks for our shoot and it turned out great. Her sister Laura (also my cousin) came along to do hair & makeup for the photos and she did awesome! We had a ton of fun and I think Courtney has a few images to begin a solid portfolio. I can’t decide if the black & white “Guess-inspired” pics are my favorite or the last ones we took at night in a small little garden with lighting to make it look like it was daytime. If you’re a model and want to start or update your portfolio contact us to set up a session- rates start at $400 for a half day shoot with 3 looks! Contact me at 303.912.8156 or dusty@volkelimage.com. Here’s some of my favorites from our day with Courtney & Laura.

Model: Courtney Volkel

Hair & Makeup: Laura Lavoie

Location: Downtown Golden, Colorado

Denver Fashion Photographers: Sassy Sisters Clothing

After staying indoors for the last couple of issues of Her Life Magazine’s Trendsetter we decided it was about time to enjoy the Colorado summer and head outside for the July fashion spread. We decided to be really relaxed with this particular shoot and chose an area not too far away from our house that we hadn’t been to for years with trees and tall grasses. Since it was still May when we shot these pictures we were fortunate to avoid the mosquitos as things had just finished greening up. Heather & Tiffany were absolutely perfect for this shoot! We had a great time with both of them- and of course with our very favorite Advertising Rep over at Her Life, Ronnie 🙂 We had a difficult time narrowing down our favorites from this shoot but here’s just a few we ended up with from our day.

Wardrobe: Sassy Sisters Clothing

Models: Heather Knapp + Tiffany Richards of Donna Baldwin Talent

Hair: Katie Walsh of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Location: Littleton, Colorado

Christen + Michael: Day 2 Lake Erie Beach

While I loved the photos we got the first day with Michael & Christen in downtown Erie, I LOVE the photos we got the second day when we headed out to Lake Erie. These definitely rank up there in my all time favorite images I’ve ever taken and will definitely be added to our website very soon! The day combined two of my very favorite things: natural lighting and photographing at the beach! Okay technically it’s not a beach in the ocean sense but Lake Erie is HUGE so between the wind, the sand, and the beautiful color of the water it definitely felt like we were at the ocean (minus a few degrees or so). We headed out about noon that day. Yep, cloudless sky and shooting at noon- that’s what comes from learning to photograph in Colorado with harsh sunlight year round. The first part of the session we treated much like an engagement/couple shoot. We took photos of the two of them having fun, walking along the beach and of course we had to include the world’s cutest puppy, Dolce! For the last part of our shoot we took inspiration from the Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Guess Ads… which by the way if anyone has any connections to said companies we have two gorgeous models and a very willing photographer who would be more than happy to work with them haha 🙂 The last several images were some of my very favorite of the whole trip. In fact, I think I’ve decided we need to move next to a beach somewhere- I could get used to shooting images like this everyday!! 

Her Life Magazine: Mrs Colorado + Soignee Elegant Attire

I’m a little behind in getting this post up with the start of our busy season but am finally getting caught up in blogging. This shoot goes back to March for the May fashion spread in Her Life Magazine. We had so much fun with this one- not only did we have some really cool clothes to work with but we also had the chance to photograph Janell Ames, Mrs Colorado 2011! What caught our eye about the clothes available at Soignee was the retro 20’s-40’s look of the clothing. The shop carries many other styles as well but these particular items matched perfect with the overall theme we were going for- a seamstress from the early/mid 1900’s. If you live in DTC area you have to check out this boutique! All the unique hats, purses, and props were all courtesy of the shop which made for a perfect setting for the shoot. The owner, Diane, is such a sweet lady and has some really great items available in her store. These photos are a few of my favorite images from the day including the ones you can find in the May issue.

Wardrobe: Soignee Elegant Attire

Model: Janell Ames– Mrs Colorado 2011 of Donna Baldwin Talent

Hair: Jessie Peterson + Ashley Principe of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Location: Soignee Elegant Attire

Lake Erie Fashion Photography

This last week we spent time with Michelle’s brother and his wife in Erie Pennsylvania. Here is just a sneak peek into the few days we spent with them on the beach- holy hottness!!!

Joann Model Portraits: Denver Junkyard

In some places of the country abandoned buildings and salvage yards may be in plenty of supply but for some reason Denver apparently isn’t a fan of leaving things unkept. Off the top of my head I can think of less than a handful of abandoned buildings in the area and when it comes to utilizing them for photography well I’m not sure if I could even name one that would be possible to even get into (not even to attempt illegally trespassing into). When Joann contacted us with her idea of photographing in a junkyard we didn’t have any idea that finding one to use would be just about as impossible as finding an abandoned building- but fortunately not entirely impossible. We were so excited when we finally found a salvage yard that was kind enough to allow us to use their property for our shoot. Joann is just getting her start into the modeling world and after working with her just one time I have to say that she is a real natural. She’s not only beautiful but a very sweet person as well- we were so glad we had the opportunity to work with her! Joann’s sister and husband also came along for the shoot and we had a great time with all of them- even got a few shots of Joann and her husband together! It was a fun day, although a bit muddy, but we got some great shots for her portfolio and even took one with the cutest junk yard cat who followed us around all afternoon. Here’s a few from our day.